Chanel Haute Couture AW16: All the proof you needed that headbands are back

Arianna | 06 July 2016

Make way for this hair accessory comeback…


At this season’s Paris Haute Couture Week, Chanel paid tribute to one of the most iconic hair accessories ever: the headband. Creative director Karl Lagerfeld sent models down the runway of the autumn/winter 2016 show with black bow headbands, used to hold up and emphasise their super high buns and super chic pixie crops.

Scroll through our gallery (above) for our favourite Chanel couture headband styles and keep reading to see how to can achieve the look at home.


Trend spotting: Headbands at the Chanel Couture AW16 show


blonde model at the chanel couture aw16 show with a curly updo and a black bow headband
The bow, the lashes, this model looks like a real-life porcelain doll. Credit:

At the Chanel couture show, many models’ hair were styled into super high, super volumised buns (because the bigger, the better, right?). The hair on their scalp was pulled neatly and tightly back, while the hair in their buns was curled into super tight ringlets to create dramatic height and volume.

The look was finished with a chic, satin black bow headband positioned just above their hairline.

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Editor’s tip: Want to try and recreate these ultra curly updos? To make your curls super voluminous, sprinkle some of the VO5 Instant Volume Powder through your hair to add more texture to your curls.

For extra height and texture, use your fingers to gently pull on your curls to fluff them up even more.

brunette chanel couture model wearing a black bow headband
The crazy curls could easily be too much, but they’re kept under control with these neat headbands. Credit:

The bow headbands were positioned slightly off-centre, and were complemented with heavy black lashes and eyeliner. Although the clothes were, of course, breathtakingly beautiful, for us the hairstyles and headbands totally stole the show this time.

chanel couture aw16 model with a blonde pixie mullet and a black bow headband
The next time we receive a present we’re totes keeping the ribbon so we can recreate this. Credit:

Some models had their mane styled into buns, while others rocked cool pixie crops. To recreate this look at home, pair a choppy pixie with a black bow headband for a couture rock ‘n’ roll vibe. And when placing the headband, be sure to position it so that it sits just behind your fringe for best effect.


Instagram-inspired headband hairstyles


It’s true: headband hairstyles are taking over Instagram. Here are some of the styles you need to try now!

brunette woman with chignon hair and a beaded headband
Turn a low bun into a more glam evening style. Credit:

We love this beauty’s delicate beaded headband, which she works into her soft, romantic-looking updo.

Pair a bedazzled headband with some stunning drop earrings for an extra pinch of elegance. Credit: @claireashleybeauty

blonde woman wearing a mint headband
That’s our holiday hair sorted! Credit:

Not all headbands have to be formal: just look at this knotted fabric band for proof. Perfect for the beach or a festival, this accessory keeps it casual yet stylish. Credit@sweetonseptember

brunette with a ballerina bun with a blue star print headband
Roll it back with a retro style. Credit:

Not a fan of the classic black headband? Don’t worry: why not try your luck at a retro-looking headband, like this one?

Opt for a bold print or pattern with bright colours, and you’ll be oozing kitsch vintage vibes in no time. Credit@shopjuicybows